Posts tagged reproductive freedom
Posts tagged reproductive freedom
DOES ANYONE ELSE SEE WHAT’S WRONG HERE?
The Pro-Life/Anti-Choice group Justice-For-All from Kansas came to our university this week to assault people with their horrid propaganda. This is what they ran into from our side of the sidewalk.
Justice For All goes campus to campus spreading lies and hate.
An Indiana mother recently accompanied her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend to one of Indiana’s Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittingly walked into a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” run by an anti-abortion group, one that shared a parking lot with the real Planned Parenthood clinic and was designed expressly to lure Planned Parenthood patients and deceive them.
The group took down the girl’s confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which they said would be in their “other office” (the real Planned Parenthood office nearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did the Planned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the police were there. The “crisis pregnancy center” had called them, claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortion against her will.
The “crisis pregnancy center” staff then proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment over the following days, showing up at the girl’s home and calling her father’s workplace. Planned Parenthood’s clinic director reports that the girl was “scared to death to leave her house.” They even went to her school and urged classmates to pressure her not to have an abortion.
The anti-choice movement is setting up these “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and run ads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive health services, but they dispense anti-choice propaganda and intimidation instead. And according to a recent article in The New York Times, there are currently more of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortion providers. What’s more, these centers have received $60 million in government grants. They’re being funded by our tax dollars.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 24 April 2006
[Emphasis mine. Hear that folks? We are funding terrorists with our tax dollars. The fact that this is legal is absolutely mind-blowing. And when we dare complain, they cry about how they’re being persecuted and censored unfairly, and we’re infringing on their freedom of speech. No, just no. This should not be fucking allowed.]
Scared women are being tricked into going to fake clinics, lied to by their staff, and then harassed and all of this is being paid for with your taxes.
Even if you are not pro-choice, this is not acceptable behavior by anyone.
Mississippi voters shot down a referendum Tuesday that would have effectively banned abortions in the state, rejecting an initiative that said life begins at conception.
The so-called personhood initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters. If it had passed, it was virtually assured of drawing legal challenges because it conflicts with the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion. Supporters of the initiative wanted to provoke a lawsuit to challenge the landmark ruling.
The measure divided the medical and religious communities in this Bible Belt state and caused some of the most ardent abortion opponents, including Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, to waver with their support.
Opponents said the measure could make birth control, such as the morning-after pill or the intrauterine device, illegal. It could also deter physicians from performing in vitro fertilization because they would fear criminal charges if an embryo doesn’t survive.
Supporters were trying to impose their religious beliefs on others by forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies, including those caused by rape or incest, opponents said.
Amy Brunson voted against the measure, in part because she has been raped. She also has friends and family that had children through in vitro fertilization and she was worried this would end that process.
“The lines are so unclear on what may or may not happen. I think there are circumstances beyond everybody’s control that can’t be regulated through an amendment,” said Brunson, a 36-year-old dog trainer and theater production assistant from Jackson.
Hubert Hoover, a cabinet maker and construction worker, voted for the amendment.
“I figure you can’t be half for something, so if you’re against abortion you should be for this. You’ve either got to be wholly for something or wholly against it,” said Hoover, 71, who lives in a Jackson suburb. [Really, Hoover? Really? Gotta love that logic.]
Mississippi already has tough abortion regulations and only one clinic where the procedures are performed, making it a fitting venue for a national movement to get abortion bans into state constitutions.
The state’s largest Christian denomination, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, backed the proposal through its lobbying arm.
The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and the General Conference of the United Methodist Church opposed it.
Bishop Joseph Latino of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, a church traditionally against abortion, issued a statement neither supporting nor opposing the initiative.
The Mississippi State Medical Association took a similar step while other medical groups opposed it.
Mississippi already requires parental or judicial consent for any minor to get an abortion, mandatory in-person counseling and a 24-hour wait before any woman can terminate a pregnancy.
*Click on above link to read the full article. This truly shows that every vote counts. Thanks to all those who spread the word about the dangers of Initiative 26, & supported and donated to organizations like Mississippians for Healthy Families.
Thank you everyone who voted in this!
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who was elected as governor yesterday, also co-chaired “Yes on 26,” the campaign to pass a “Personhood” amendment in the state, and said on Election Day that the fight over Initiative 26 was “a battle of good and evil of Biblical proportions” and warned that “Satan wins” if the initiative fails. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, which heavily funded the “Yes on 26” effort, warned that the country would face God’s judgment if Initiative 26 lost and urged voters to “choose life lest the flickering flame of our liberty be extinguished forever.”
Along with Personhood USA and the American Family Association, Religious Right groups including the Family Research Council, Faith 2 Action and Liberty Counsel all backed Initiative 26.
Hours after the initiative was trounced at the polls, anti-choice activists are already blaming Planned Parenthood, the media, and Satan for the defeat.
Personhood USA’s Keith Ashley pledged to bring the personhood initiative back to the Mississippi ballot:
Personhood USA firmly believes that our campaign fell victim to the outright lies of our opposition, and because of their lies, children will continue to be murdered in Mississippi.
We recognize that the right time to end abortion in Mississippi is now, and that is why the citizens of Mississippi will attempt a personhood ballot measure again—and again, if necessary—until every person’s life is protected.
Brad Prewitt, the executive director of “Yes on 26,” likened the personhood fight to the struggle against slavery, and Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood USA blamed the media and the “culture of death” for the defeat, in interviews with the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow:
“It’s easy to look at things in a linear fashion, but we know that God’s provision is not easily discernible by us in terms of his will — and we have to await his will,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And in the meantime, we have to be committed to biblical truth.”
Meanwhile, Prewitt stresses the pro-life movement is not on life support in Mississippi. “There has been and there will continue to be a pro-life movement in Mississippi,” he assures. “William Wilberforce started the anti-slave movement in England [in the late 1700s] and it was a 20-something year process. So if you have to start somewhere, I think it was a productive dialogue to have.”
A spokesman for Personhood USA say advocacy groups for personhood learned a lot from the campaign. “I think definitely the lies that were put out there by Planned Parenthood definitely took their toll on the people of Mississippi, and a lot of them believed them,” says Gualberto Garcia Jones.
He laments that that misinformation converted to no votes on Election Day, even among pro-life residents.
“One of the things that was very telling to me was that the media, even in a conservative state such as Mississippi, was incredibly negative,” Jones notes. “We had to battle uphill the whole time. They just carried the water for the opposition at every level.
“It’s an indicator of how deep the culture of death has taken root of our nation.
Susan Tyrrell of Lou Engle’s Bound4Life wrote that it was a victory for “the kingdom of Satan”:
When push came to shove Tuesday night, Mississippians voted that the unborn could not be defined as people according to the proposed personhood amendment.
The kingdom of Satan is united, which is why, for this season, it’s successful. Eventually the church will be united. At the end of the age we will be a powerful, praying church that stands for the only definition of justice that exists: the Jesus one. But right now we’re not there. I don’t want to be cynical. I know many wonderful praying people of all denominations who stand for LIFE and the word of God. We are advancing, but tonight, once again, we have let the kingdom of darkness advance ahead of us.
So, basically, these right-wing nutjobs just called each and every one that voted against the bill “Satan.”
Have they not stopped and thought that they might be workers of Satan?
The bill was defeated because most people in Mississippi actually use their brains and voter with them also. The bill was too vague, so vague that unprecedented legal consequences would have opened up.
By criticizing the voters of Mississippi, these right-wing activists show the true colors of their hearts. They only want to further their own political ideology, no matter how warped or misguided it is.
The spin that occurs on a daily basis in the right-wing is astounding!
This is the second time in the past week a pro-life organization has implied that I am in league with the evil one.
The Huffington Post reports that the city ordinance was designed to address the fact that two crisis pregnancy centers led patients to believe that they offered abortion services, when in fact they basically exist to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term. One group, called First Resort, purchased Google ad space so that their clinic would appear first in search results for “San Francisco abortion,” even though they don’t provide abortion services.
The crisis pregnancy centers say that this law is unfair and a violation of their free speech rights.
It is your first amendment right to speak your opinion and advocate for what you think is right. It is not your first amendment right to lie to scared women and feed them misinformation that convinces them to make a decision they might not’ve made otherwise.
The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice. Yesterday’s post with screenshots from a Twitter conversation I was a part of has netted 200+ notes the last I looked.
There have been a number of arguments, three of which compelled me. The first was “why aren’t there screenshots?” Here, you have them, in spades. The second two:
- “It’s just a phone, why do you expect it do all this?”
Siri can answer a lot of health related questions perfectly well, why shouldn’t we expect it to be able to answer reproductive health related queries too? Why treat reproductive health as a walled-off garden that the general public can’t or shouldn’t be exposed to? It’s not simply that in some places Siri has sent people to distant anti-choice fake clinics when they’ve asked where they can get abortions (and there are providers near to them) it’s also that in some locations (including mine) Siri refuses to disclose abortion clinic locations at all. Watch:
So even though there’s a clinic less than 3 miles from where I was sitting at the time, Siri couldn’t find one. Nor could Siri even define abortion. And note what’s missing: no offer to search the web. Usually when Siri can’t find an answer, there’s an offer to search the web for you, as I found when I asked about abortion counseling
So Siri won’t help me find where to get an abortion or search the web for me about it, but will search the web for me to find someone who will talk to be about abortion. Huh. Odd.
But what if I know the name of the clinic I’m looking for? What does Siri do then?
This particular clinic’s name is unique, so much so that if you simply Google “Allegheny Reproductive” you find it, first result. (The website is alleghenyreproductive.com) But Siri is stumped. Not so with other businesses that you provide a full name for, such as:
South Hills Hardware isn’t actually the name of the Hardware store, it’s South Hills True Value Home Center. But that didn’t stop Siri!
But how about if we get a little more specific? City names, or even street names attached to the full and proper names of the other abortion providers in Pittsburgh?
Well, maybe the problem is that Siri just doesn’t have a good index of locations in Pittsburgh? No, I don’t think so.
And as has been discussed elsewhere, it’s not just abortion. It’s birth control. You know, that stuff that 99% of American women will use in their lifetimes. (More common than gyros for certain.)
No birth control clinics to be found. Okay, two questions are raised: why is Siri’s response to the keywords “birth control” mapping to a search for birth control clinics to begin with? Second: why, again, is there no option to search the web? If you search the web, incidentally, for “birth control clinic Pittsburgh” guess what you get?
And if you search, more meaningfully, on Google for your express need, it’s simple to see where you should go:
Siri can’t help in a situation where you need emergency contraceptives, either, a situation that is very time sensitive and when a person might want the app that’s being used to sell their phone, branded as a convenience device that’s meant to save your time, energy and provide what you need at the speaking of a sentence, to be able to help. Here’s Siri’s take on EC:
Now it might be reasonable to think that “emergency contraceptive” means “emergency room” because that’s where emergencies go. But it’s not helpful. EC is available over the counter to adults, at any pharmacy (that’s willing to stock/dispense it). You don’t need or want to go to an ER for it. So while the thinking is clear, it’s wrong. And what happens if you ask for EC by it’s more colloquial name?
And what if you ask for EC by its brand names?
Siri can’t recognize “Plan B.”
And Siri believes that “Plan B One Step” is a company, and provides a stock report. I’m not sure what PLB.AX is but it can’t help me to not get pregnant.
But maybe the issue is that Siri just doesn’t understand the names of medication or where one goes to get medication. That could be beyond Siri’s programming. That’s possible, right?
Overall, Siri is really limited here. There is no legitimate reason that inquiring about a business by name and with the name of the street on which its located (to a device that can pinpoint your location within meters and can use it as a starting parameter for a search) should get a response of “can’t be found” with no option to search further. There’s really no reason why it should be handling birth control requests the way that it does, and no reason why the same keyword searches on these topics give results on Google (or any other general search engine) and nothing on Siri at all.
- Another objection I saw was along the lines of “Why would you use Siri if you were raped or beaten by your husband?
This is pretty obvious to me: maybe because if you’re hurt badly, all you might be able to do is hold down one button and say what happened to you. Nevertheless, if Siri can understand “I broke a tooth” and direct you to a dentist:
Or knows what to do if you’re simply “hurt”:
Then there’s no excuse for her to be a smartass about serious violence:
At least somewhere in the mix of rape-related inquiries and resultant snark, Siri did sneak in an offer to search the web for me.
Note, however, that Siri does know what rape is, as demonstrated by this query and response:
Why the programming treats that inquiry that way (and can’t find PAAR which is 1.5 miles from where I sit) I do not know. This would be a great time to list those ERs, or perhaps even law enforcement, but apparently rape is just sexual abuse, never a medical or legal issue? I can’t begin to understand this thinking.
Is this the most terrible programming failure ever? No. Is this worth a boycott of Apple? I don’t think so. What it is, however, is a demonstration of a problem. Especially when certain topics seem to be behind a black wall where information that’s readily available online is not being “found” or presented. This is something that Apple and/or Wolfram Alpha need to address and rectify.
Here is Apple’s contact page (lower right is “Feedback”). Let them know about this problem so the iPhone 5 is better about all of this.
WOW that’s just um…disgusting? yeah i guess that’s a good word for it.
Man, Siri is a butthole.
- Because a woman should have control of her own body.
Yeah, I’m not jumping for joy. This is not a win. Can you imagine being my trans guy partner who uses it for non-reproductive reasons?
This is a BIGGER story than just people who identify as “women” and that is why I keep saying it.
If insurance companies are now in charge of providing that coverage, what about people who use it for reasons not deemed “necessary” by those insurance companies?
(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus, via )
REPORT: By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, cable networks call on men over women to comment on birth control
The vote Wednesday upset doctors who fear the proposed law will jeopardize reproductive medicine.
The bill now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin typically won’t comment on pending legislation, but she has described herself as strongly “pro-life.”
The bill provides embryos and fetuses with “all the rights privileges, and immunities” of other citizens.
Embryos have more rights than women.
Last week the Med Students for Choice were out with us at clinic defense, and they told us how abortion was a very simple procedure that only doctors were allowed to do. Apparently there was some kind of push to teach even students so we wouldn’t have to rely on anti-choice doctors and they wouldn’t be forced into being OBGYNs to provide services. It’d be a relief to see that happen, so women like this one wouldn’t have to wait in pain while a doctor refused her service.
In Case You Missed It of the Day: Speaking of which, Amy Poehler returned to Saturday Night Live last night to reunite with former Weekend Update co-host Seth Meyers for a special birth-control segment of “Really?!?” which delved into all the wacky, anachronistic mishegas the Republicans were up to this week.
On the one hand, I hope Amy returns to Weekend Update more often. On the other hand, I hope it’s not because there’s enough material to make this birth-control segment a weekly feature.
LMAO i love amy poehler.
This is awesome.
(Source: thedailywhat, via )